Thursday, July 23

Thankful Anyway Thursday

It's easy to be thankful for the good stuff, can you be thankful for the not so good?
(as serious or light-hearted as you like)
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Wildflower is tortured by prickly heat. I am using natural remedies to ease the itching and keeping her as cool as possible - it's all one can do.

Prickly heat builds up in the system and can 'come out' days and even weeks later. At night, the body's defences are lowered so I'm assuming that's why our nights are so bad.

She wakes any time between 1am and 5am and is for 1hr or as long as 3hrs. I sooth and sooth as best I can. I have a baby who is a terrible sleeper, and now we have this.
eech mami eech
I know baby I know

On top of that she scratches so much that she has cut herself with her nails. I keep them as short as possible but it just takes the tiniest corner..... The back of her neck which was impossible to photograph is many times worse.

Ok, I'm thankful anyway for this because.... hmmm...

because instead of prickly heat it could be something much much worse.
because I'm discovering further reserves of patience than I thought I had.
Because I've tested out soothing remedies and will be prepared for pox and such.
I'm thankful anyway because a child's illness is an opportunity for even deeper bonding.

Let me know (comment) if you've done your own Thankful Anyway and I'll add your link to this post. Grab the button up the top (right click & Save As) and a link back is always nice.

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  1. Poor honey! And you're sure it's the heat? Though I'm not sure how you feel about this, an antihistamine may ease the itchiness.

    Rashes suck. Joe developed a rash that was like little pimples all down his legs and on his bum. After scratching my head for a full day eliminating things like food, laundry det, etc., it finally dawned on was from the LAKE the other day. I would say, especially thanks to the presence of ducks, it's swimmer's itch but for some reason, his rash isn't itchy (which is supposed to be THE worst part of swimmer's itch). Though I'm sure it's from the lake, not so sure on the swimmer's itch.

  2. Oh bless her, poor love. Tilly scratches if given the opportunity, especially the back of her neck and inside her ears. Hope some soothing cooler days come your way xx

  3. Oh, bless her heart...poor thing...

    You'll look back on this at some future time when things are difficult and be reminded of your incredible strength...

    ~love to you both~

  4. The poor wee petal. That's hard stuff to be thankful for.

    My thoughts are with you both. Wishing the Wildflower some rapid relief too.

  5. Poor little sweetie. I hope this improves for her, and for you. xx

  6. Poor little thing! Prickly heat isn't "serious" but boy is it hard to live through.

  7. Oh, the poor baby. I hope she heals quickly. You are so right about an illness as an opportunity for deeper bonding. Great way to think about it.

    Lisa :)

  8. Thankyou so much for Thankful anyway Thursday it has really made me stop and think today, we love taking part xx i have blogged today
    hope baby is well soon xxxx sending healing love xx

  9. Poor little Wildflower! I hope this prickly heat ends soon for her. A great Thankful Anyway Thursday post. I have to try and think up one too!

  10. Oh, that picture pulls at my heart. Poor baby! I hope it clears up soon. I'm glad you are finding remedies for her.

    My ThAT was about my baby being sick, too. Not so bad as the poor Wildflower, though!

  11. Poor little sweetheart. Hope it ends soon for her and for you, but happy you can see some thanks anyways in it all too.

  12. Mon, I'm joining in today. Here is my link:

    Thank you!

  13. Oh wow. The mother in me aches when I look at that! I have had prickly heat as an adult, but luckily the children have not. We have been struck with the stomach flu this week, which has never happened before, so you have inspired me to find the good in this. Hmmm....I'm overcoming my aversion to vomit, surely that will be useful someday? But seriously, it is an opportunity to cuddle them, which at their busy ages is not something they allow all that often anymore....

  14. Poor darling, I wish I had some advice. :-(

  15. oh poor both of you! I get an organic witch hazel/tea tree antesptic cream which is very soothing... and what about calomile lotion, you know, like you use for chicken pox?

  16. Oh, poor baby. I hope she heals up very very soon.

  17. oh the poor bunny! :( i'm so sorry this is happening. little dragon has had her own series of rashes and skin irritations. i've tried many different soaps and found anything made to treat eczema has helped. though i don't think she has eczema. just very sensitive skin like her papa. bathing in baking soda water has been a big help. and in worst moments we have used child's antihistimine and cortizone cream. which i know you may be opposed to using. i'm sure you don't need any advice. i just thought i would share what we have found works in our home. the other night i tried a new soap that it turned out she was allergic to. i thought it was going to be wonderful - an all natural, yummy smelling concoction of herbal extracts supposed to soothe the skin. but it made her awaken screaming and itching in the middle of the night! our poor babies :( itching when they are so little, with hardly words to tell us how they feel. not that they need them to convey the horribleness.

    i really like your reasons to be thankful for this. i will try to remember those~ big hugs to you all~~~ i hope it gets better soon!

  18. How is your babe doing today? I hope better.

    Thanks so much for commenting on my post yesterday. I really, really appreciate the feedback as I venture into a subject I am a little tentative to broach.

    I also don't want to burden my daughter with depression or unresolved issues. I will definitely think carefully about how I write things.

    Thanks again,

  19. Thanks everyone for your good thoughts. Unfortunately she's still suffering.

    And I'm trying all the natural remedies. They work, but temporarily.

  20. Oh Mon, and Wee Wildflower. What a hard hard time this is for you.
    I just can't think of anything that could help other than what I've already said.
    What else could it be?
    I really want this to clear up for you soon. And it will, and then you will be sooo relieved.

  21. What about cooling the Wildflower internally? Here is a recipe from The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies. My daughter and I have tried the milk (with ghee, too). It tastes good (surprisingly) and seems to work.

    Rashes/Hives: Steep 1 tsp. coriander, ½ tsp. cumin, and 1 tsp. natural sugar in 1 C hot milk. Drink 1-2X/day. Topically you can make a paste of 1 part turmeric and 2 parts sandalwood powder. Mix 1 tsp. powder in enough goat’s milk to make a paste. Apply to affected area.

    I'm sorry to hear that you are both suffering. I hope you both find some relief.

    And by the way, the picture of her a couple days ago was precious. Those eyes....

  22. I am a 16year old and i suffer from severe prickly heat, it is so hard to sleep and my temper has gone through the roof as day to day activities are frustrating. Antihystamines do nothing and i have tried so many creams, doctors are baffled. PLEASE if anyone finds a cure or a cause let me know thanks


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